Top 10 Things You Should Know (or Do) Before You Apply to College

My sister is the eldest of us three, so I was in middle school when she started high school. Whenever she'd head off to a college fair or tour, I always wanted to go with her. I loved the booths, the information packets, and the welcome sessions. I loved the orientations, the "O" weeks, and the … Continue reading Top 10 Things You Should Know (or Do) Before You Apply to College

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Top Ten Things You Should Know (Or Do) Before You Get a Ph.D.

I've always loved school. I loved school so much that I went to graduate school three times. I can't promise you that I won't go back to school, either. It calls out to me. Even though I know college isn't the answer. Even though I'm embarrassed by my staggering loan debt. Even though (and you … Continue reading Top Ten Things You Should Know (Or Do) Before You Get a Ph.D.

Should You Talk to Your Children about Race?

When my sister was born she was five-feet-seven-inches tall. By the end of high school, my brother was six-feet-two. On a good day, with the right hat and proper footwear, I tower over them at a whopping five-feet-three inches tall. At first, the differences between being short and tall were subtle and barely worth mentioning. … Continue reading Should You Talk to Your Children about Race?

You Don’t Get To Decide (Black on Both Sides)

I volunteered to help out with White History Month at my church. I sat in on some planning sessions, and I wrote a few perspective pieces (from the perspective of white men and women) for the role-play. Only a few people knew that I'd written them, so many were surprised to learn later that the … Continue reading You Don’t Get To Decide (Black on Both Sides)

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“It has to hurt if it’s to heal.”  He was a child soldier called upon to complete a specific and dangerous quest. No one was able to adequately address his concerns, but he responded to the request with grace and a sense of wit. Although he understood the dangers, he believed in his mission and believed that … Continue reading Up